Monday, January 25, 2016

New Invisible College event: Engaging Social Media: For Teens, Teachers, & Parents

Feb 9th 2016, Kingston, Ontario

More info coming soon! Save the date... 

Dr. Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Valerie Steeves, J.D., Ph.D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She has spoken and written extensively on young people’s use of networked technologies, and is an expert in privacy law. She is the lead researcher for Media Smart’s Young Canadians in a Wired World research project (measuring the effect of new media on young people’s privacy and social relationships), the co-principal investigator (with Jane Bailey) of The eGirls Project (examining the performance of gender on social networking sites), and a researcher with the New Transparency Project. Dr. Steeves has appeared as an expert witness before a number of Parliamentary Committees regarding privacy legislation and communications policy, and has created a series of award-winning educational games to help young people learn how to deal with online issues.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Surveillance after Snowden: Decoding the “Snooping Scandal.”

David Lyon, Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University.

Revelations from the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden are making waves around the world. Mass surveillance programs track personal data from internet companies targeting everyone from ordinary citizens to heads-of-state. Many are outraged; few saw the writing on the (Facebook) wall. After exploring what exactly has been revealed, we ask how to respond, in ethical and critical ways? One, this has been developing for decades. The rise of “risk society” and of data-driven organizations; digital dreams dominate; public-and-private blur into one. Two, why do we tolerate it? The familiarity factor in everyday surveillance, the fear factor after 9/11 and the fun factor of social media produce compliance, not critique. Three, what’s really at stake? Not just privacy and autonomy but accountability, freedom, dignity – in short, human flourishing.
7:00pm Monday January 13, 2014, Robert Sutherland Building, Queen's University  Room 202

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Course readings

Further reading for week one (January 07 2013) is "God's eye: surveillance and watchfulness in the C21st" Transmission (Summer 2010). A related reading for week two (January 14 2013) is "Social Media" from the Complete Book of Everyday Christianity edited by Robert Banks and Paul Stevens (IVP 2011).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Under Surveillance? God's eye, the face of the other and the promise of peace.

Three evening seminars:
  • January 7th, 2013 - God & Google
  • January 14th, 2013 - Face & Book
  • January 21st - Seeing & Security
The course is led by David Lyon, Queen’s University (

Recommended reading:

Surveillance Studies: An Overview by David Lyon (Polity 2007)
Liquid Surveillance by Zygmunt Bauman and David Lyon (Polity 2013)
Theological Perspectives on a Surveillance Society: Watching and Being Watched by
Eric Stoddart (Ashgate 2011) [Expensive! Try Google Books]
“A surveillance of care: evaluating surveillance ethically” by Eric Stoddart, in the
Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (available as an e-Book at Stauffer).

Liquid Surveillance and Surveillance Studies are available on reserve in Stauffer and for sale in the Queen's authors section of the Campus Bookstore

Where? St James’ Anglican Church, on Queen’s campus; Union at Barrie.

When? Mondays 7:00-9:30 including refreshment break

How much? $30 regular; $20 student

More detailed information after the jump!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dr. Norman Finkelstein: Israel & Palestine - Past, Present and Future

About Dr. Norman Finkelstein and this lecture

In his lecture – Israel and Palestine: Past, Present, Future – Dr. Norman Finkelstein will speak on the present situation in Gaza, the attack on Gaza Aid Flotilla, the current stage of the peace process, and the prospect of another regional war.

Dr. Finkelstein received his PhD in political studies from Princeton in 1988. His doctoral thesis and his subsequent research work have focussed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American foreign policy on the conflict. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict at various universities including Rutgers, New York University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College and DePaul University in Chicago. He is currently an independent scholar.

Aside from his academic writings, he is the author of five books that have been translated into over 40 different languages. ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ – Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion and Beyond Chutzpah: On the misuse of anti-Semitism and the abuse of history are the most recent works. The son of two Holocaust survivors, he grew up in New York City. His life and career are the focus of the recent award-winning documentary, American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein. He is a fascinating and personable speaker, one whom Canadian audiences are sure to enjoy and learn from.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 07:30 PM

Etherington Auditorium
94 Stuart Street
Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6
TICKET INFO$15 for non-students
$10 for students with student ID

For more information, please visit

Course resources

Elias Chacour - Prophète en son pays
Uploaded by serimagefilms. - Watch the latest news videos.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Invisible College 2011: Whose Promised Land?

Winter 2011 “Whose Promised Land?”

Monday evenings, Jan 17-Feb 14, McLaughlin Room, JDUC, Queen’s University, 7:00-9:30.

How might Christians approach the issues of Middle East conflict and peace? Plenty of polarized approaches are available but little on listening to the other. This course is a practice-based approach in which we examine vexed and controversial issues with a view, not to taking sides, but to fostering understanding, though presentations, discussion, film, reading and interviews.

All speakers are from Queen’s University. They have been asked to help us in the process of understanding.The course is based on Colin Chapman Whose Promised Land? The Continuing Crisis over Israel and Palestine, (Baker Books, 2004 edition). This book is a Christian, biblical, historical and contemporary approach.Course fee: $35 or students/low or no wage $20. The book may be bought by registered students for $15, half its normal price.

Email us at: